When Dave Hollier spins records at a party, he plays stuff that’s all over the map. The Meters, The Knife, Boston, Bowie, Buck Owens. It could go very wrong. But it doesn’t. Finding the thread that leads from The Cars to The Beastie Boys to Van Halen to Prayers, he tells a long, beautiful, cross-cultural, multi-generational story. Hollier’s band King Ropes is doing much the same thing.

The Bozeman, Montana outfit just dropped their latest album, Gravity And Friction. Like Hollier’s DJ sets, it’s all over the place. Our favorite track is the lovely, “Mouth Full Of Bees.” It’s sure to make fans of Jim O’Rourke and Akron/Family happy. Much like those two artists, the lyrics will leave you wondering what the hell this song is about. We’re not entirely sure, ourselves. But we love the line “You’re smart and articulate, but you’re not right.” That’s getting used in my next argument.

The band has a number of dates in and around the Northwestern United States (dates below). But no word on a UK tour.

9-August•Dreyfest (Billings, MT)
1-September•Laborfest (Bozeman, MT)
25-September•East Gallatin Yacht Club (Bozeman, MT)26-September•Monk’s Bar (Missoula, MT)29-September•WhySound Venue (Logan, UT)16-October•The White Wall Sessions (Sioux Falls, SD)18-October•The Phoenix510 (Hazel Park, MI)

King Ropes by Cate Shroeder

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